After the first attack on the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993, the Port Authority commemorated the lives of the six individuals who were killed, four of whom were Port Authority employees.
Port Authority Executive Director Stanley Brezenoff arranged for memorial pins to be given to agency employees. With each pin came a note that read:
“The bombing of the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993 subjected Port Authority staff to a most difficult test. Our collective strength, bravery and perseverance overcame the tragic events of that day and became a defining moment in our agency’s history. This commemorative pin is dedicated to the memory of John DiGiovanni, Robert Kirkpatrick, Stephen Knapp, William Macko, Wilfredo Mercado and Monica Smith. I urge you to wear it proudly.”
Read more about the 1993 bombing here.
By Jordan Friedman, 9/11 Memorial Research and Digital Projects Associate